Obituary: Sister Rita McIvor, S.C.

| 05/14/2024

By: The Good Newsroom

Sister Rita taught throughout the archdiocese, in schools in Manhattan, Wappingers Falls, Stony Point, Rye, Yonkers, and Mount Kisco

Sister Rita McIvor, S.C., entered eternal life on May 8, 2024, age 93. Sister Rita taught throughout the archdiocese, in schools in Manhattan, Wappingers Falls, Stony Point, Rye, Yonkers, and Mount Kisco.
Sister Rita McIvor, S.C., entered eternal life on May 8, 2024, age 93. Sister Rita taught throughout the archdiocese, in schools in Manhattan, Wappingers Falls, Stony Point, Rye, Yonkers, and Mount Kisco. Photo courtesy of the Sisters of Charity.

Sister Rita McIvor, Sister Maria Immaculata, was born on March 4, 1931, in the Bronx, New York. She was one of three children, two girls and a boy of James and Susan McNamee McIvor. Rita attended Saint Anselm Elementary School in the Bronx and Cathedral High School in Manhattan and worked for one year before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1949. Sister Immaculata received a BA in French from College (now University) of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Theology from Saint Bonaventure University in Saint Bonaventure, New York.

Sister Rita served for 18 years as an elementary grade teacher and 30 years as an office assistant in a variety of responsibilities. Her teaching experience was in Saint Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, Saint Mary in Wappingers Falls, Immaculate Conception in Stony Point, Resurrection in Rye, Saint Denis in Yonkers, and Saint Francis of Assisi in Mount Kisco. Her office experience was at Grace Institute and Saint Joseph Academy, both in Manhattan, and Saint Raymond Academy for Girls in the Bronx where she served as Business Manager for 27 years.

When Sister Rita retired from active ministry in 2001, she offered volunteer services at the Sisters of Charity Center in the Bronx and the Center of Renewal and Education in Harriman, New York. She lived with the retirement community of Saint Patrick Villa in Nanuet and, later, Mount Saint Vincent Convent before moving to Cabrini of Westchester, Dobbs Ferry, in 2022. It is here she died on May 8, 2024, in the 75th year of commitment as a Sister of Charity of New York.

Sister Rita, whose parents were born in the north of Ireland, loved Irish history and music. Hum a few bars of a song and she would continue by singing the words. She loved to sing and for many years was a member of the Fordham University choir for Sunday Mass. Listening to music was a way to relax. As a friend said, “Music was inside her.” Sister Rita was very generous with her time and was often the first to respond to a need for help. For her, it was what community was about.

Sister Rita, you spoke of your death as “being called home.” The author of life is now calling you there. You will soon “grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love . . .” (Eph 3:18). Life in God is yours without end and cannot be taken away. Pray for us.

Wake: 
Thursday, May, 16, 2024
8:30-10 a.m.
Vigil Service at 9:30 a.m. (Livestreamed)
Mount St. Vincent Convent
Sisters of Charity Center
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471-1093
(718) 549-9200 ext. 245

Mass of Christian Burial:
Thursday, May, 16, 2024
10:15 a.m.
Vigil Service at 9:30 a.m. (Livestreamed)
Mount St. Vincent Convent
Sisters of Charity Center
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471-1093
(718) 549-9200 ext. 245

Interment: 
St. Raymond’s Cemetery
2600 Lafayette Avenue
Bronx, NY

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